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"Oh what a beautiful morning..."

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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-30 11:25
Viewed: 2961
Points: 28
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Summer Lake was the first stop on our spring tour of Oregon wildlife refuges. Even though some refuges were hosting wildlife festivals that week, we saw little in the way of migrating birds. We did see quite a few turkey vultures though.
Turkey Vultures are often seen standing in a spread-winged stance. This is called the "horaltic pose." The stance is believed to serve multiple functions: drying the wings, warming the body, and baking off bacteria.

The typical adult bird is an average 76 cm (30") long with a 185 cm (6 ft) wingspan, and weighing 1.4 kg (3.1 lb).

This bird got its common name by the resemblance of the adult's bald red head (and possibly its dark plumage) to that of the male Wild Turkey.

The Turkey Vulture is found in open and semi-open areas throughout the Americas from southern Canada to Cape Horn. It is a permanent resident in the southern United States but northern birds may migrate as far south as South America.


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Hi Evelynn,
What a stunning moment you managed to capture here. You also managed to compose it in such a way that it feels like a piece of art, especially with the wired fence in the FG. The thorny bushes fit the scenery perfectly. It does look that you have some noise in the BG, but it actually fits the photo.

Wow, that's a great capture, Evelynn. It's a remarkable capture of the bird with his wings spread like that. (I think tureky vultures ae generally ugly, but you've captured him in a very attractive and regal pose here). You have a great bg, too. It looks like the wire fence is strung outside a wooden fence. I don't particularly like the wire fence, but I don't find it to be much of a distraction, either.

Like the inclusion of habitat Evelynn...gives some context, almost seems to be surveying HIS land. Best, Brat.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-30 13:47]
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Hello Evelynn
"Oh what a beautiful day.",Neat a turkey vulture singing show tunes.What a wonderful pose you have captured.Perhaps this bird wishes he was in Oklahoma.Well composed with sharp details.TFS


Hi Evelynn,
Beautiful portrait nice capture of this vulture
with great pose and POV, good composition, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

What a great capture of this grand bird. I see these all the time near where I work, in fact one day on my walk during my break there were over 15 of them just sitting in the mud in Rock Creek. Of course I didn't have my camear! This one looks quite regal almost showing off his wings.
They have one at the Oregon Zoo that they're training for their bird show and it was amazing how large of a wingspan they have.
Well done, I love the fence and scrubby brush surrounding him.

Sunrise of Vulture! Very nice....yes I think I remember them spreading wings...I believe their likeness is depicted well in Dark Crystal....and old movie with a small cult following. This one has a brighter side....

My filter comes tomorrow.Yippee..Now I can practice some of your teachings..


Hi Evelynn,
An excellent composition of the vulture wings opened. But the human interference with barbed wires looks a bit distracting. Anyway a beautiful specimen. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-30 22:37]

Hi Evelynn, this is a bird I used to see as a kid, then didn't see for a few years, but I understand now they're making a resurgence. Gotta get me one of these birds. This shot of yours is a very good natural looking shot. It's well composed showing this "Horaltic Pose" of his. You've got great detail and I like your depth of field giving us a toned down view of the countryside.

Thanks, John

Hello Evelynn,
great moment in capturing this Vulture that spread it's wing that we can appreciate in full!
great composition and well seen
thanks for sharing

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-31 6:37]

Hi Evelynn,
Plenty of detail in the feathers and markings, despite being a fair way off. The fence is a bit annoying, but adds i think to the reality of the situation and surroundings you were in. Nicely composed and well seen.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-31 6:45]

Hi Evelyn

Greetings from Beijing (after a 21 hour delay on my way back from Lhasa)!

A great shot - I lke the wings and the surroundings - the fence was there - there is no use pretending it wasn't! It adds quite a lot.


Hi Evelynn,
Outstanding color and detail of the buzzard...Excellent POV shows the harsh countryside...Very well captured


I've observed turkey vultures on numerous occasions in southern Arizona. I was told that the "horaltic pose" was used to warm the wings in the early morning just before they take off, which helps produce lift in early flight.

Here is one I photographed at Canyon Lake, Arizona USA:
Arizona turkey vulture(click here)

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